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There is nowhere to hide from this phenomenon, this duck-hunting, duck-whistling, duck dynastic phenom, including this blog: "Duck Dynasty" is everywhere, notably Times Square this morning when Phil Robertson happened by to promote a new aptly titled autobio, "Happy Happy Happy." (Season finale was a couple of weeks ago, but no reason not to promote off-season, right?)
In case you missed, the set-up piece and interview...
Tom Brokaw, the elder statesman of TV news (and someone with a conscience and dignity), has said that he won't be turning up at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington. Check out this Politico interview where he notes that it's degenerated -- and I paraphrase -- into a drunken, free-wheeling, junket full of narcissistic star-gazers who place greater stock in Lindsay Lohan's presence than the president's.
And by the way, the big stars at this year's dinner? Willie and Korie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty."
Here's what Brokaw said of the affair, referring to past years...
"It's who can bring in the most telegenic and outrageous celebrity..."
"For me the breaking point was Lindsay Lohan [a few years ago]. She became the big star at the dinner. Give me a break."
Good comments in this interview and true ones. Worth checking out.
Yes, a major television franchise may indeed have problems when a show about hirsute dudes who make duck whistles (or callers; whatever) tops it: "Duck Dynasty" beat "American Idol" Wednesday night.
In the demo...I add.
"Duck" got 9.6 million viewers BUT a 4.3 rating among young 'uns, aged, 18-49.
"Idol:" A 3.3 rating.
Big deal? To a certain extent, but not the End of the World for "Idol" even if it is embarrassing. "Dynasty" finished its season Thursday night, and finished it big; and my own theory is that most viewers these days who watch "Idol" also are fans of "Duck Dynasty." They made a choice - the "Duck" dudes in Hawaii or just another "Idol?" Easy choice for most of them.
"Duck Dynasty" — a hit, you may have heard — ends Wednesday night, or at least the current season does, and in commemoration, a clip.
This one comes courtesy of AOL. What do we learn here? (A book by commentator David Brooks — "Bobos in Paradise" comes to mind, but not sure Brooks ever imagined this ...)
That they don't know how to drive Segways, and the Segways can't make heads nor tails of the bearded ones either. Also, that ducks do not fly over Hawaii. Lucky ducks.
"Duck Dynstasy" has been averaging around 8.5 million per episode this season. That's quite a crowd.
How did I miss this? A "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" mashup of "Game of Thrones" -- starring for the purposes of our entertainment, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, as Jaime Lannister, and ducks as the ducks. From Monday: